Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 09 December 2021), September 1788, trial of JAMES ROBINSON (t17880910-68).

JAMES ROBINSON, Theft > grand larceny, 10th September 1788.

567. JAMES ROBINSON was indicted for stealing, on the 1st of September , a man's hat, value 6 d. a pair of buckles, value 1 s. and 10 s. 6 d. in money , the property of John Goldsmith .

JOHN GOLDSMITH sworn.

I went to sleep in the rank of coaches in Ratcliff-highway; I am a watering-man there; it was past eleven at night; when I awoke I missed my hat, my buckles, and 10 s. 6 d. out of my pocket; I went indoors to my master's house, and telling my story, in came the prisoner with a hat tied up in a bit of a handkerchief, which was mine, and the buckles were taken out of his waistcoat-pocket, and the hat-band and buckle of the hat, and 8 s. 2 d. in money.

William Dean , the watchman, confirmed the above.

(The things produced and deposed to.)

Prisoner. I bought the things of a young man, who said he had not a copper of money; and I went into this house to have a glass of gin.

GUILTY .

Sentence respited on account of the prisoner's being sick.

Transported for seven years .

Tried by the second Middlesex Jury before Mr. RECORDER.